The Players School of Music is located in the Kapok Gardens, one of the most beautiful and well known sites in the Tampa Bay area. With the gardens serving as the surroundings amplifying the creative ambiance, the school grounds include its own tropical gardens with fountains and waterfalls. The facilities are over 10,000 square feet including the performance ballroom, ensemble, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and harmony/ear training practice rooms, a music library, and a handicapped access room. We also provide a lunch area and a lounge for our students for breaks between classes.
The Safety of our Campus is one of our first priorities. While we are dedicated to maintaining our campus as a safe, secure, and welcoming place to learn, a truly safe environment can only be achieved with everyone’s active participation in the process. Put more clearly safety rules is our responsibility, but the entire PLAYERS musical family must also do their part in order to achieve the safest possible environment.
We know that our internal community education and awareness efforts make a significant difference in providing a broad range of security and comfort on our Campus.
Substance Abuse Policy
Any student found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during class hours will be dismissed from the school.
The school does not provide any probationary periods.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Disrespectful or disruptive behavior, are grounds for immediate dismissal. Theft of property from the school, staff, another student or violation of the school’s Substance Abuse Policy will result in immediate dismissal. The students may complain or appeal academic or disciplinary action within 48 hours of those actions to the administrator. It is the duty of the administrator to act on those appeals appropriately.
When emergencies or inclement weather make it necessary to cancel classes, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to:
- check the web site www.playerschool.edu for the latest official information on the status of our campus.
- check email or text messages from Students Relations Office.
- call PLAYERS main number, 727-725-1445
Although classes may be canceled, certain campus facilities may remain open on a case-by-case basis for student use. Notification of class cancellation will always be posted and/or distributed as early as possible.
In most situations the STUDENTS RELATIONS OFFICE will be used to alert members of the PLAYERS School of Music’s community. SMS (text) and email notifications will be the primary means of communication, although voice and social media posts may also be utilized.
In the event of a closing, certain staff members have been identified as emergency personnel and are expected to report to work.
In the event of a closing, college events (such as clinics and master classes) will not be held, but professional shows (such as evening concerts) may still take place. If the college is closed, call the 1-800-724-4242 to confirm a show’s status.
A closing typically covers one specific—or at most a 24-hour—period, and facilities will normally follow normal schedule. Administration Office will remain open unless personnel are unable to report for duty. Call the Administration Office +1-727-725-1445 for information. Classrooms and the Library will be closed.
Closing for special weekend programs will be coordinated by the program director in conjunction with Public Safety.
Reporting a Crime or Incident
PLAYERS community members should report all crimes, emergencies, and suspicious activity to PLAYERS School of Music’s Administration Office. Reports can also be made in person at Administration Office: 923 N McMullen Booth Road. Clearwater, FL 33759 or the Clearwater Police Department (727) 562-4242 or 911 for incidents off campus. If you’d like to submit a report online you may do so.
Although the PLAYERS campus is safe, crime can happen anywhere and safety can be compromised at any time. The cooperation and involvement of students, faculty, and staff in their own safety and security is crucial to maintaining a safe campus environment. Although no one set of guidelines can completely protect you, following the tips below can minimize your chances of being victimized. You should always trust your own instincts and follow the rules of common sense, in addition to following these tips.
- Never prop a door open as this could allow an unauthorized person to enter.
- Never leave money, jewelry, or other valuables out in the open, even if you are present.
- Get to know others around you, and watch out for each other. Report any suspicious persons to the administration.
- Do not leave notes stating where, when, or how long you will be gone.
- Notify the administration office if there are maintenance or lighting deficiencies that may compromise security.
- Stay in well-lighted, busy areas.
- When using public transportation, use a busy, well-lit bus stop, sit near the driver, and don’t sleep.
- Don’t be afraid to tell someone who is harassing you to leave you alone in a firm, loud voice.
- Trust your instincts—if something or someone makes you uneasy, get out or away.
- Walk or jog with a companion.
- Keep your car locked at all times.
- Avoid flashing cash or valuables.
- Have your key prepared in hand as you approach your car, dorm, or apartment.
- Call 911 if you feel concerned for your safety while on or near campus.
Unfortunately, rape and sexual assault are realities in our society. PLAYERS School of Music takes pride in its commitment to maintaining and promoting the safety and security of all members of this Institution community. Here are some facts about rape and sexual assault you should know:
- No means no. No one deserves or asks to be raped or assaulted.
- Rape is an act of violence and power. It is not motivated by sexual desire but by the desire to overpower and dominate. Sex is the weapon.
- Rape is always the perpetrator’s fault and never the victim’s fault.
- A rape occurs in the U.S. every six minutes.
- Sixty to 80 percent of all rapes are committed by someone the victim knows.
- Rape occurs among all classes, races, and age groups. No one is immune.
- Every year, one out of every four women on a college campus is raped.
- One out of three women will be raped in their lifetime.
- Half of all rapes occur during the day.
- Rape happens in a woman’s place of residence in more than half of all cases.
- One out of every five boys is sexually assaulted by age 18.
The Facilities have a camera system throughout the parking lot and Campus outside areas. These high-quality cameras capture live events and record them in case later review is needed. This tool for internal investigations as well as assisting external agencies.
The internet has opened up a whole new world of communication, resources, and information. It has also created an entirely new social arena. While social networking sites allow us to communicate with others in a new way, there are risks. When social barriers are removed, it can be easy to let your guard down.
Despite what you might think, you really do not know the person on the other side of the computer. Use common sense and limit what you disclose. Never share your full name, social security number, phone number, address, or credit or bank account numbers. Also, think about the nature of the information you share. Will you be comfortable with family members, future employers, or school admissions officials seeing the information and photos you are posting? Information posted online should be considered permanent. The following are safety precautions to follow:
- Carefully consider your screen name, and don’t pick anything that could identify you.
- Do not post photos or videos of you or your friends.
- Do not accept files or downloads from people you don’t know.
- Be wary of online friends who want to meet in person.
- Limit your online list of friends to people you actually know.
- Consider password-protecting or limiting access to your social networking page or account.
- Before participating in social networking, review the safety and privacy policies.
- Report any problems to the webmaster, moderator, or, if needed, local police.
Data and Telephone Network Failure
Communication networks may fail due to a technological malfunction, or they may be damaged or overwhelmed during a disaster.
To report a routine data network problem or failure, submit an incident online or contact us at 1-800-724-4242 Ext 1
For phone network incidents and failures, do one of the following:
If the campus phone system is not working call 911 for emergency assistance. (It helps to program the full 10-digit police Dpt number and non-emergency PLAYERS numbers into your wireless phone.)
When phone lines are down or overwhelmed due to increased traffic, use alternative communication methods such as email or SMS text messaging. Learn more at Safe America.
Have a family emergency plan that includes an out-of-town contact. After a disaster, it might be easier to make a long-distance phone call than it is to call across town.
First aid includes assessments and treatments that can be performed by a victim or bystander with little or no medical equipment. First aid should never delay the alerting of first responders. This first aid guide is derived from the American Heart Association and American Red Cross Guidelines for First Aid.
In a medical emergency on campus, call the Clearwater Police (727) 562-4242 or Call 911
If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, do the following:
- Call 911 & Push hard and fast in the center of the person’s chest. CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival.
Some infections can be transferred by a victim’s bodily fluids. While intact skin is generally an effective barrier against outside contagions, it is recommended that any bystander avoid contact with the body substances of another person. Keep in mind that you can be exposed by touching, splashing, and spraying (i.e., a sneeze or cough) of fluids, and that exposure may occur by skin contact or contamination in the eyes, mouth, or nose. The term “body substance isolation” refers to the practice of wearing or using barriers such as medical gloves or a CPR mouth-to-mouth barrier device to reduce the risk of transmitting an infection.
It is best to allow only trained rescuers to move a victim since if the person has a spinal injury, he or she could be paralyzed if moved improperly. There are, however, a few notable exceptions:
- If there is immediate peril to you and the victim, it may be necessary to relocate the victim to a safer place.
- If you need to perform CPR, it may be necessary to roll the victim onto his or her back.
Difficulty breathing may be caused by a number of medical problems including an asthma attack or an allergic reaction. Any difficulty breathing is a serious emergency and requires the immediate activation of emergency medical services.
- Call 911
- If the victim states he or she is having an asthma attack, you may assist with these actions:
- Ask the victim if he or she has an inhaler.
- Ask if the medication is prescribed for the victim.
- Assist the victim in administering the inhaler, if needed.
With any breathing emergency, help by sitting the victim upright or in the position in which they are most comfortable.
The victim of an allergic reaction may experience swelling (especially of the face), breathing difficulty, an itchy rash, shock, and even death. The victim may have a history of allergic reactions and may carry an epinephrine auto-injector (also known as an EpiPen), or the allergic reaction could be the victim’s first.
If you suspect an allergic reaction:
- Call 911
- If the victim has an EpiPen available and needs assistance with its administration, you may help by taking these steps:
- Make sure the medication is prescribed to the victim.
- Follow the instructions on the device to administer the medication.
For any allergic reaction, allow the victim to sit upright or in the position in which they are most comfortable.
The objectives of providing aid during a seizure are to prevent further injury and to help maintain an open airway. Most seizures will stop on their own after a few seconds, but some will not. Stay calm, and take the following steps:
- Call 911
- Do not restrain the victim during the seizure. Move furniture away to protect the head.
- Do not place anything in the victim’s mouth. Tongue biting and bleeding from the mouth can be normal side effects of a seizure.
After the seizure, the victim may be unconscious, confused, or lethargic. Place the victim on his or her side, and reassure the victim until help arrives.
A heart attack is normally characterized as severe chest pain, but it may be indicated by a number of other, more subtle signs. Heart attacks affect men and women of all ages. Learn to recognize the signs, and contact emergency medical services immediately if you suspect someone may be suffering from a heart attack.
The signs of a heart attack might include:
- chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back, and that feels like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain;
- discomfort in other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach;
- shortness of breath; and
- breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, vomiting, or lightheadedness.
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to primarily complain of other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, take the following steps:
- Call 911
- Allow the victim to sit up or in the position that is most comfortable.
- Reassure the victim that help is on the way.
- Monitor the victim and perform CPR if the victim becomes unresponsive or exhibits irregular breathing.
Learn to recognize the signs of a stroke, and contact emergency medical services immediately if you believe someone may be suffering from a stroke. Remember the acronym FAST:
- Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Is there drooping of the mouth or one or both eyes?
- Arm weakness: can the person raise both arms?
- Speech problems: can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
- Time is critical: Call 911
Diabetic emergencies happen when a victim has dangerously low or high blood sugar levels. Although this type of emergency can happen to anyone, it is more common for victims with diabetes. Symptoms of a diabetic emergency include:
- altered behavior;
- difficulty speaking or walking; and
- slow responsiveness.
If a person with diabetes reports having low blood sugar, you may assist by providing them with sugars such as juices, sugar tablets, or glucose gel, which the victim may be prescribed. Do not give the victim anything to eat or drink if they are unable to swallow or have slow responsiveness. Call 911
For serious bleeding, call 911
Controlling the bleeding is the best way for you to have a significant positive effect. You can do this by applying direct pressure over the affected area until the bleeding stops or emergency medical services arrive. Avoid contact with the other person’s blood by using medical gloves or another barrier, if necessary.
It is best to apply manual pressure on a gauze bandage or another piece of cloth placed over the source of the bleeding. If the bleeding continues, do not remove the gauze; add more gauze on top and continue to apply pressure. If the victim complains of feeling lightheaded or seems to be confused, make sure that emergency medical services are on the way.
Clean the wound with clean, running tap water, with or without soap, for at least five minutes. The application of an antibiotic ointment and a dressing after cleaning has been shown to help wounds heal better. However, do not apply an antibiotic ointment if the victim has known allergies to the antibiotic.
Call for emergency medical services or seek medical attention if the wound becomes discolored or swollen, or if the victim develops other symptoms such as lightheadedness.
Burns Caused by Heat
- Immediately cool the burn in cold, running water, continuing until pain is relieved. Do not use ice as this may freeze skin and cause more damage.
- Do not pop burn blisters but do loosely cover them with a sterile dressing. Call for emergency medical services or seek medical attention if necessary.
- Always contact emergency medical services for burns on a large area of the body, or for burns affecting the face, hands, or genitals.
Burns Caused by Electricity
Electrical burns are usually internal. A small outside burn may mask a large area of damage inside the victim.
- Call 911
- Remember your own safety, and do not approach or touch the victim until the power has been turned off.
- Once the power is off, assess the victim, who may need CPR.
Burns Caused by Chemicals
If you see someone spill chemicals on themselves:
- Call 911
- brush powdered chemicals off the skin with a gloved hand or piece of cloth;
- remove contaminated clothing, being careful not to contaminate yourself in the process; and
- provide emergency medical services with any information you have on the chemical that caused the burn.
If someone injures a muscle, joint, or bone, do the following:
- Call 911
- Do not attempt to move or reposition a victim with a serious muscular, bone, or joint injury.
- For a minor injury, apply a mixture of ice and water in a plastic bag to the injured area. Be sure to place a thin towel or other cloth between the mixture and the skin to prevent the skin from freezing. Apply ice for 10 to 20 minutes at a time to prevent the skin from becoming too cold.
- If the injury involves an open skin wound, cover the wound with a dressing. Do not attempt to push protruding bones or tissue back into the skin.
Dental injuries include chipped teeth or a tooth that is knocked out. The victim should seek the medical attention of a dentist or emergency room, or contact emergency medical services. In addition:
- avoid touching the root, or the part of the tooth that’s normally embedded in the gums;
- clean wounds inside the mouth with water, and try to avoid swallowing blood;
- stop any bleeding by applying pressure with a piece of clean cotton; and
- do not scrub knocked-out teeth. Rinse them in water, then place them in milk or clean water if milk is not available. Bring the tooth to the emergency room or dentist.
Head injuries are very dangerous and should be handled with caution. If the victim has hit his or her head and has any symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, headache, confusion, or memory loss, you should:
- call 911
- do not move the victim. Encourage the victim to keep the head and neck still until emergency medical services arrive.
Poisons may be ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through parts of the body. Treatment for different types of poisons vary, and there is no general recommendation that can be made other than contacting 911. Do not give the victim anything to drink or eat, or cause the victim to vomit unless directed to do so by the Poison Control Center hotline.
Symptoms of an alcohol-related emergency include:
- the inability to speak or walk properly;
- abnormal breathing; and
- slow responsiveness or unresponsiveness.
If a victim shows any signs of an alcohol emergency, call 911help uninjured, place the victim on his or her side, and reassure the victim until help arrives. Ensure that the victim remains stationary in a safe location until emergency medical services arrive.
A public health emergency exists when campus air, drinking water, or food is contaminated with one or more hazardous agents such as chemicals or pathogens that could result in disease or injury, impacting large numbers of people. Actions will be taken to notify the community of these conditions as soon as the college becomes aware of such an emergency. The following types of outbreaks or epidemics represent public health emergencies:
- Communicable disease: widespread disease for which vaccination is not available
- Foodborne disease: gastrointestinal illness
- Waterborne disease: microbiological or chemical agents
- Injuries resulting from infestation with insects, rodents, or other pests (e.g., bedbugs)
- Infectious disease resulting from contact with sewage or other human wastes
Student Health and Wellbeing, Student Affairs, Public Safety, and Physical Plant each have a responsibility to be aware of the public health significance of utility failures, reports of unusual diseases or injuries, and an unusual frequency of certain diseases and injuries. PLAYERS School of Music will work closely with local and state agencies such as the Clearwater Health Commission and the Florida Department of Public Health to respond quickly and effectively to public health emergencies that occur on campus or in the neighboring community.
Annual Fire Safety Inspection.
The Clearwater Fire Department runs yearly inspection of PLAYERS Campus to comply with the rules.
As soon as the fire alarm sounds or you see fire, exit immediately. Touch your door to test its temperature. If it is hot, put towels or clothing around the doorframe to prevent smoke from entering.
If the door is cool, evacuate your room as soon as possible. Go to the nearest exit. Do not wait for someone to tell you to leave. It is your responsibility to evacuate the building in a quick and orderly fashion. If there is smoke in the hall, stay low and proceed to the nearest exit. There are two exits on every floor. Do not panic if one of the exits is blocked, just proceed to the next one.
- Stay calm. Do not run or shout.
Missing Person Policy
PLAYERS School of Music Administration takes the safety and well-being of its students very seriously. The Institution’s missing persons policy has been developed to assist in locating students who reside in off campus and who have been determined by the Institution to be missing. All members of the PLAYERS community are encouraged to notify the PLAYERS Administration immediately when they believe a student is missing. PLAYERS will notify the police department immediately in all cases of missing persons reported to any employee or official of the Institution. In all cases, PLAYERS Administration family directly of any missing student report. On-campus students may confidentially identify an individual to be notified within 24 hours following an official determination that the student is missing.
STUDENTS RELATIONS OFFICE ( SRO ) – Confidential Resources
Individuals who have been subject to discrimination, harassment, sex or gender-based misconduct, or any other conduct prohibited by this policy are encouraged to seek support for their emotional and physical needs. A person seeking confidential emotional or health care may contact the following resources. A report to a confidential resource listed below is not a report to the Institution and will not result in remedial action or an investigation or disciplinary action. Confidential resources are there to support emotional, physical, and spiritual needs only; any person who desires for the Institution to take investigatory/disciplinary action must make a report to one of the Institution Reporting resources, listed below this section. For students, Professional Counselors in the Counseling Center are confidential resources:
SRO Hours of Operation: between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. These counselors will maintain the confidentiality of a report unless (1) they are given permission to share information by the person who disclosed the information; (2) there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others; (3) the conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18; or (4) as otherwise required or permitted by law or court order. In cases of sexual violence, the Institution encourages individuals to request a Sexual Assault Exam at a hospital. The exam includes preventive treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and evidence collection, if sought. The exam is conducted by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) who is a Registered Nurse with advanced training and certification in conducting sexual assault exams. If an individual chooses not to preserve evidence or seek medical assistance, any of the other options outlined here may still be taken.
Other confidential resources related to sexual misconduct or relationship violence are listed below and also at our web site •
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: +1-800-656-4673
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: +1-800-799-7233
- National Dating Abuse Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) Hot Line: +1-800-656-HOPE WWW.rainn.org •
While the above confidential resources may maintain an individual’s confidentiality vis-à-vis the Institution, they may have reporting or other obligations under state law, such as mandatory reporting to the Department of Children and Families in the case of minors; threat of imminent harm to self or others; or the requirement to testify if subpoenaed in a criminal case.
Monday – Friday ( 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM )
TEL: +1-727-725-1445/ 1-800-724-4242
Address: 923 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33759